He builds his body in the Futures team, not the first team. There’s a reason for it all.
The Samsung Lions, led by head coach Park Jin-man, left for Okinawa, Japan on the 30th. This is because spring camp training sites are set up in Okinawa to prepare for the 2024 season.
Samsung’s first-team squad will have a total of 38 days from 30th to March 7th, and Futures will have a total of 27 days of spring camp in Okinawa, Japan from January 31st to February 26th.
A total of 135 players will participate in the list, including 31 coaching staff members, 40 pitchers, seven catchers, 21 infielders, 11 outfielders, and support staff. All rookie players will participate in the Futures Camp in 2024.헤라카지노
If you look at the first-team list, a large number of key players, including transfer players Kim Jae-yoon and Lim Chang-min, are included, but it is notable that the closer Oh Seung-hwan is missing.
Oh Seung-hwan is one of the living legends of the KBO. Since joining Samsung as the fifth pick in the second round in 2005, he has always played in the KBO while wearing Samsung’s uniform except for the period when he played in Japan and the U.S. from 2014 to 2019.
He has played in 668 KBO games with 41 wins, 24 losses and 17 holds 400 saves with a 2.06 ERA. He is the best closing pitcher representing the league, which achieved 500 saves in Korea, the U.S., and Japan and 400 saves for the first time in the KBO League in the 2023 season. He said it was a sluggish last season, but he just seemed sluggish because he was Oh Seung-hwan with a 4 wins, 5 losses, 30 saves, and 2 holds ERA.
After the end of the season, he signed a total of 2.2 billion won, including a two-year down payment of 1 billion won and an annual salary of 1.2 billion won (400 million + 800 million).
Not only Oh Seung-hwan, but also veteran players such as Baek Jung-hyun, Choi Choong-yeon, Kim Dae-woo, Jang Pil-jun and Kang Han-ul will start preparing for the season in the Futures team, not the first team.
It was Park Jin-man’s judgment with good reason. Before departing for Okinawa, Japan, Park said, “Some veteran players start with the Futures team. Veteran players have been with the team for a long time, so some suggested that it is more effective to build their bodies with their own routines rather than training. Veteran players will train well and join the camp in the middle or the second half of the season.”
Samsung will play practice games against Chunichi on Feb. 11, Nihon Ham on Feb. 12, Chiba Lotte on Feb. 14, Nihon Ham on Feb. 17, Yomiuri on April 18, Hanshin on April 20, and Nihon Ham on February 23. Samsung is unlikely to join the team at that time.
“We have practice matches with Japanese teams during the middle of the camp. Back then, the new pitching coach said he wanted to see players he had never seen before. I know well about existing players because I saw them while serving as commentators,” Park said. Samsung’s new pitching coach is Chung Min-tae.
A practice match against the Hanwha Eagles on March 26 is the first practice match against a Korean team. The team will then play practice matches against the Lotte Giants on March 27 and the KIA Tigers on March 1.
Coach Park Jin-man said, “When I’m in a physical condition, shouldn’t I play one or two games with Korean teams and come into Korea?” and added, “I also talked to veteran players, and they said thank you for your consideration.”
Samsung is steadily strengthening its spring camp more than ever.
\Manager Park Jin-man said, “It feels different from last year. There was a lot to prepare, including bullpen concerns. The general manager worked hard to reinforce the bullpen. Now that several players have been reinforced, we have to make a plan accordingly. I am looking forward to the synergy effect that the existing players who gained experience last season with new players will show. I feel more comfortable than last year.”
Oh Seung-hwan and other veteran players who have been steadily building up their physical fitness along with consideration from the coach. The coach might be hoping that he would give generous advice and encouragement to young players when he joins the main league.